4/14/15 Tuesday in Texola,OK (Double D RV Park-PPA)
Even though the wind is down to 16 mph, we figured we’d just continue not setting out the jacks and slides since we’d be gone a lot of today.
Did you know that Route 66 (The Mother Road) connected Chicago to Los Angeles in about 2,200? It played a key role in bringing poor rural families (think Dustbowl and John Steinbeck) out West, quickly becoming a part of the American Dream. It’s prime mover was a businessman from Oklahoma (Cyrus Avery). It goes for about 400 miles in Oklahoma, so it seemed perfect to check out one of its museums. Also, I’m 66 this year and we have been driving on Route 66. By the way, we found out that Phillips 66 was named while the CEO was driving Route 66 at 66mph.
This museum is in Elk City (yes, there is an Elks lodge there too). There were several museums on the property. We started with the National Transportation Museum, but I didn’t include photos from that one. Here is what greets you from the road:
Next we walked through the Route 66 Museum:
Cars and Motorcycles are often noted as an important element of this road that first celebrated cars and brought fast food, motels, truck stops and even saw the end of the predominance of trains.
Old Town Museum
Farm & Ranch Museum
This town is 30 miles from where we’re camping, so we combined the Museum visit with a grocery run at the local supermarket. At home John got ambitious and cooked up a meatloaf. Unfortunately, all the grease went onto our microwave plate, leaving none for his gravy. Lots of burnt grease, but he helped get it off. It was a very tasty meatloaf, just the same. Plus he had his mashed potatoes, albeit without any gravy. 😦